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Movsas Feigins

Movsas Feigins or Movša Feigin (28 February 1908 - 11 August 1950) was a Latvian chess master.


Movsas Feigins was born in Dvinsk (then Russian Empire, now Daugavpils, Latvia). He won at Riga 1930, and was Latvian Champion in 1932 (after a play-off). In 1932, he tied for 3rd-5th at Riga. The event was won by Vladimirs Petrovs. In 1936/37, he tied for 4th-5th at Hastings. The event was won by Alexander Alekhine. In 1937, he tied for 15th-16th in the Kemeri 1937 chess tournament (Salo Flohr, Petrovs and Samuel Reshevsky won); took 2nd in Brussels (Quadrangular, Alberic O'Kelly de Galway won); took 3rd, behind Petrovs and Fricis Apšenieks, in Riga (7th LAT-ch, Triangular), and took 2nd in Riga (Quadrangular, Paul List won). In March 1939, he took 6th at Kemeri-Riga (Flohr won).

Feigins played for Latvia in five official Chess Olympiads. He also played at the 3rd unofficial Chess Olympiad at Munich 1936.

He won two individual medals: bronze in 1933 and silver in 1936.

In September 1939, when World War II broke out, Feigins, along with many other participants of the 8th Chess Olympiad decided to stay permanently in Argentina.

In March 1941, Feigins tied for 6th-8th in the Mar del Plata 1941 chess tournament (Gideon Ståhlberg won). After some years living in Asunción, Paraguay, he played again in 1946, and took 3rd at Buenos Aires (Círculo "La Regence"). He died in poverty in Buenos Aires.

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